International: The Russians

The trouble began when word got about that the Russians had brought a whole shipload of caviar and vodka. Actually, the Russian ship anchored in San Fran cisco Bay was there primarily for radio communication with Moscow. Some of the delegation lived aboard, and they presumably had a supply of their national food and drink. But the refreshments were incidental. Thanks to Russian secrecy about the ship, and the press's failure to check, tongues were clacking furiously when Foreign Commissar Viacheslav Molotov arrived by plane from Washington.

He was smiling, gracious, obviously eager to...